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Published: Friday February 5, 2010 MYT 8:41:00 PM
Updated: Friday February 5, 2010 MYT 8:43:17 PM

Missing jet engines found

PETALING JAYA: The two missing F5E jet engines have been found in Uruguay with the help of the government there, Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said on Friday.

Thanking the Uruguay government for its cooperation in recovering the engines, he said that the Malaysian government is “aggressively pursuing the matter” and is proceeding with the “necessary procedures for the return of the two engines.”

The discovery was due to the efforts and close collaboration of the two governments, he said in a statement.

Abdul Gani also thanked the Uruguayan ambassador to Malaysia Pablo Sader for the assistance his embassy rendered.

An RMAF sergeant and company director claimed trial at the Sessions Court here on Jan 6 in connection with the two missing F5E jet engines.

It was earlier reported that two J85-GE-21 jet engines, which power the F5 fighters, had been stolen from two RMAF facilities while some components from the same planes were also unaccounted for.

Abdul Gani was reported to have said that engines were taken out of the RMAF base on Dec 20, 2007 and Jan 1, 2008, and sent to a godown in Subang Jaya.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the engines were discovered missing from the Sungai Besi RMAF airbase during routine maintenance service. Also missing were its maintenance and service records.

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